Today, Amazon has just launched their first-ever venture into mobile game development. It's called "Air Patriots" and it is available today on Kindle Fire, Android, and iOS.
Air Patriots is the second product from the newly-launched Amazon Game Studios, the company's foray into making games. The company finally began making their own games in August after years and years of selling other companies' products.
Amazon's first game was a social game for Facebook called Living Classics, a "moving object game" that incorporated imagery from classic literature.
At its core, it's a tower defense game. Amazon touts it as a "new kind of defense game" that features mobile towers and weaponry. It launches with seven different maps, achievements, and plenty of unlockables.
Air Patriots is a new kind of tower defense game with fun and unique gameplay requiring strategic positioning of an arsenal of planes to push back an enemy tank invasion. In Air Patriots, players directly control a squadron of military planes by using their finger to draw the paths the planes will follow in order to engage the enemy. Unlike other tower defense games where defense bases are stationary, in Air Patriots players can adjust their strategy on the fly. Simply draw a new flight path for your planes, and you redeploy firepower to where it is needed most.
Check out the trailer below:
"When we created Air Patriots we wanted to make a game that was easy and engaging, and the simplicity of drawing paths for planes was something we thought would appeal to players,” said Ernie Ramirez, Executive Producer at Amazon Game Studios. “We think customers will find Air Patriots both familiar and fresh, with a degree of challenge that keeps them engaged and enthused to play more. We are very excited to bring Amazon customers Air Patriots today, and Amazon Game Studios looks forward to bringing our fans even more great games in the future."
The new game supports Amazon GameCircle, their version of Apple's Game Center which lets players track their achievements and compete for high scores among other players.